Alumni Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts in ‘The Room is the Resonator’ at Old Police Station in ArtLicks / Deptford X Fringe

The Room is the Resonator explores themes centred on memory, nostalgia and perception to form an exhibition in the unique context of the former cells and interrogation room of The Old Police Station in Deptford.

Mindful of Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space and his characterization of dwelling and space, while simultaneously considering Lacan’s representation of the ‘real’, the exhibition considers the desire of one to leave and ‘remake’ a reality, whatever that may signify.

The separate cells and interrogation room will house occurrences in relation to the two artists modes of practice: Roberts working primarily with paint and Abbott working with video but both sharing a keen interest in responding to the specificity of the given location.

How might narrative threads be made and frustrated? How might ‘blind alleys’ allude to or corrupt a message? Can a mirror be held to the theatrical space of the installation – its performativity – implicating the spectator in that conversation?


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